Paula Phinney graduated from Santa Clara University School of Law and has been a licensed attorney with the California State Bar since 1996.
Over the years, Paula has represented hundreds of clients in dozens of courts throughout California, including civil, bankruptcy, criminal, immigration, federal, and family court. Since 2014 she has devoted her practice almost exclusively to family law cases in San Diego County. Paula has handled high conflict divorces, high asset/complex financial issues, military divorces, move away requests, custody, visitation, support, restraining orders and cross-border family law cases. Paula has also settled many cases, giving clients an honest assessment of whether a case favors resolution outside of court.
Paula has also worked with clients and opponents to reach amicable resolutions, enabling parties to plan for their lives after divorce with the least amount of stress and uncertainty possible.

Paula is licensed to appear in all state courts of California as well as the United States district courts for the Central and Southern districts of California. She is a member of the North County Bar Association, and has been an active member of the Fiorenzo Lopardo Inn of Court since 2008. Prior to settling in San Diego, Paula lived in the Philippines, Japan and Spain. She speaks Spanish.


  • "fights for clients with courage and honesty"

    Paula took my case in an early time when it was very difficult with lots of chaotic disputes. Litigation was made unnecessarily tough and the opposing party makes issues on tiny or irrelevant things, which is typical in high conflict cases. Paula provided strong defense yet still opens the door f...
  • "Paula took extra time and effort."

    I've known Paula for almost 10 years, she has been reliable and very reasonable knowing my financial hardship. She has helped me in several matters, divorce and collections that came with it. I have recommended friends who also were happy they met Paula. Paula took extra time and effort. She reli...